* Posts by G R Goslin

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Bill Gates cooks up poultry recipe for Africans' paltry existence

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Rule of law

It's all very well to comment when you live in a (semi) lawful society. Unfortunately in much of Africa, the Rule of Law is "What is mine is mine, and what is yours is mine, if I want it". It's not very likely that the lady's five hens would last long enough to bear live eggs, before ending up as someone else's supper.. My daughter, in this country raised hens. Five as I recall. The local dogs got two and the local foxes got the rest. Luckily, she didn't have the sort of neighbours that would know what to do with a chicken that was not shrink wrapped.

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Earth's core is younger than its crust surface

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Gravitational potential?

As was pointed out earlier. The force of gravity, at the centre of the Earth is zero. Although not exactly at the centre, since the Earth and the Moon are a mutually orbiting pair. So the gravitational centre rotates about the true centre at every rotation of the Moon in its orbit. There's a similar effect due to the Sun. However, the gravitational potential is near zero. Does this not invalidate the hypothesis? Or even reverse it?

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Americans cutting back on online activity over security and privacy fears

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Forgive me...

Forgive me for stating the bleeding obvious. Anyone with more than one device is going to, proportionately, more problems. It applies to anything. If the family have two cars, they'll have twice as many breakdowns, punctures, . . As someone pointed out once, four engine aircraft have four times as many engine failures as single engines. It simply matters less. Get real, people. The only instance where this fails, AFAIK, is if you have more than one wife, where it tends to be logarithmic.

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US poised to unleash stadium-sized sandwich bag

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Shortage

There shouldn't be a shortage of Helium, particularly with the shale gas revolution. Helium is present from the radioactive decay of Uranium (Alpha radiation = Helium nuclei). Extraction is simple, just freeze until the Helium is left behind. All it costs is money. If the price was right, it would be done. Presumably, it isn't.

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You won't believe this, but… nothing useful found on Farook iPhone

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Honest

I'm sorry, but I don't think that you can use 'government' and 'honest', in the same sentence.. Particularly if 'US' also appears in the same sentence.

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Britain is sending a huge nuclear waste shipment to America. Why?

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Re: As my radiation safety officer used to say,

Where on earth did you get the idea that Plutonium is more poisonous than nerve gas? In fact caffeine is more poisonous than plutonium. ALL heavy metals are poisonous, lead, barium, etc. Plutonium is just one of those with similar toxicity

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Waste?

How is this waste? if it's weapons grade, it will never have seen the inside of a reactor. The most compact reactors made only use circa 60% enriched. Weapons grade is well over 90%. Do you realise just how much it cost us to make this stuff? The easy way to dispose of it is to dilute it with natural uranium, until that has been enriched to power reactor grade (1-2 %) It might make Urenco a bit pissed off, but who cares.

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BT: We're killing the dabs brand. Oh and can customers re-register to buy on our site?

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Alas, I knew Dabs well, of old, Horatio

I only had to read down to " they’re managed by the very same team,” BT said.", to forget the rest. I was once an avid buyer from Dabs. Price Service, Stocks and Delivery, were first rate. Then BT hove up and the effort of years went straight down the pan. Haven't used em for years. I only had to look at the price and stock levels to be persuaded to go elsewhere

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Swede builds steam-powered Raspberry Pi. Nowhere to plug in micro-USB, then?

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Re: Voltage Drop

Ah, Stuart Turner. Will we ever see their like again

This motor actually does come with a larger flywheel. The one fitted is for use in a boat (more compact)

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Only 12% of UK thinks Snoopers' Charter is 'adequately explained'

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12% THINK they know what it means

The usual glib lies before it comes into force. THEN it will be explained. After that will come the explanations that it means what we now want ti to mean, which is not clear from what it says.

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Investigatory Powers Bill lands in Parliament amid howls over breadth of spying powers

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Well...

...it's what you'd expect when ALL parties in Parliament are totalitarian. The power-mad abhor Democracy, and you have to be power-mad to want to sit in Parliament. Get used to it!

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Standing desks have no effect on productivity, boffins find

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Nothing new, here

There's nothing new in standing up, at work. I started work in a factory, as an apprentice. There, sitting down at work was not only not an option, it was specifically not allowed. Later, I moved to one of the drawing offices. There you had a high stool, unpadded and unbacked, only to find that it was not possible to sit and work on a drawing board at the same time. The only sitting you did was when working on calculations (long hand). Even the foremen, who spent a lot of time writing, had a stand up desk, in the middle of the machine shop, amid the noise and dirt. They could not argue that they couldn't hear anyone on the 'phone, since there were none.

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Brits unveil 'revolutionary' hydrogen-powered car

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Re: I guess beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but...

What do you do to exit the car, once you've driven it into the garage? Remove the rear window, and crawl out?

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Vodafone puts hundreds of Brits on the 'at risk of layoffs' list

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If this is in customer service....

...It will be no loss. I had the "customer service" routine, when something I ordered failed to arrive. It took six weeks and innumerable 'phone calls on my part, to resolve. A subsequent complaint, in respect of the poor way it had been handled went even better. It ran for seven months and never got beyond my first letter of complaint.

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Scariest climate change prediction yet: More time to eat plane food

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Re: False premise leads to false results

If you look back, I think you'll find that at one time, not too long ago, more than 97% of scientists said that plate tectonics was not possible, and looking back a bit more, that the Big Bang Theory of evolution was rubbish. Whilst the first has been proven, we're still waiting on the latter. And going back a lot further the consensus of scientists was that the sun and stars orbited the Earth.

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Who would code a self-destruct feature into their own web browser? Oh, hello, Apple

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Talking of...

Talking of "Gnats cock" as a unit of size, a friend of mine, in the production engineering business, used to regard, as the standard unit of size significance was "half a gnats pubic hair". The removal of such would give two mating parts the proper sliding fit. Here's to you Bob!

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The last time Earth was this hot hippos lived in Britain (that’s 130,000 years ago)

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Yet again

Yet again, another "research" article equating opinion with data, and getting proof from conjecture. Excuse me if I don't believe a word of it

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Optimus Prime goes under the hammer

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Big?

How does this compare in size with the Thornycroft Antar, MkIII, of yore. Now that was a BIG machine, and far handsomer than this.. I think the only chrome on the Antar was the large 'T' on the radiator. It sounded nice, too. A cut down version of the Merlin aircraft engine.. If it had only had the howl of the original supercharger.

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Seagate floats out 10TB HDD filled with lifting gas

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Why not hydrogen?

Why are HDD's not filled with hydrogen? Power station generators are cooled with hydrogen because it's an effective coolant, with low drag, and it's cheaper and easier to get than helium. Which I hear from other applications, has a tendency to leak.

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Cryptowall 4.0: Update makes world's worst ransomware worse still

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Perhaps

Perhaps you should ask GCHQ if they'd let you have a copy of their copy of your files as they were before Cryptowall struck.

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California enormo-quake prediction: Cracks form between US boffins

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Phew!!

"The Los Angeles area remains the second-largest metro area in the US and, in addition to the film and television industries, technology giants including SpaceX, IBM, and Google maintain offices around LA employing thousands of workers. ®"

Offices! Well, that's a relief. It's not as if it was going to hit anywhere important!

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The Emissionary Position: screwing the motorist the European way

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Itain't necessarily so!

There was so much garbage written in this article, that it's apparent that the writer has no idea how (or why) a diesel engine works. The diesel engine and the petrol engine work by two entirely different concepts . That for the petrol engine is combustion at constant volume, that of the diesel combustion at constant pressure. In the petrol engine the fuel and air are compressed until ignited by the spark. The gas/air mixture burns in a flash. The pressure rises instantly and provides the driving force. In the diesel, the air alone is compressed . At the end of compression, the fuel is sprayed in over a period of time, so the pressure remains the same, since the piston is descending on the power stroke. The Pressure/Volume (PV) diagram for the diesel is nearer the ideal (The Carnot Cycle, which indicates the ultimate efficiency that may be obtained) than that of the petrol. In practise, the distinction is slightly blurred, but the distinction is still appropriate. Oddly the diesel as invented by Herr Diesel is not a diesel engine in that it is not combustion at constant volume, but, like the petrol engine is combustion at constant volume. In fact the only diesel engines still in use are the engines made for model aircraft, and as far as I know the last commercial true diesel engine was the Vincent Firefly, a cycle motor made in the mid fifties by the Vincent Motorcycle Company during the craze for motor assisted bicycles. It should be noted that Herr Diesel was NOT the inventor of the Diesel Engine that bears his name. The true diesel engine was invented by gentleman of the name Ackroyd-Stuart. His engine was being made and sold by Hornsby and Company of Lincoln, two years before Herr Diesel built his engine. It is this engine on which the modern diesel is based.

In this debacle, my sympathies lie entirely with Volks Wagen and other car manufactures. . Governments issue directives. The directives do not have to based on logic, or indeed have to be obtainable under the laws of Thermodynamics. No doubt the car manufactures argued long and hard to convince the authorities otherwise/ To no avail I've a sneaking suspicion that VW have done nothing unlawful. No doubt their lawyers and engineers have long laboured to create a test which adheres tightly to the provisions of the statute. Much like Google, Apple, Starbucks, etc have laboured long to establish a financial regime which avoids paying taxes, entirely within the legal requirements. The article writer did make one point which seems to have been missed by most other commentators. The US has no diesel powered car manufacture. Every diesel powered car imported to the US is one car not manufactured by the US car industry. I'm sure that their lawyers and engineers laboured long and hard to formulate rules which would effectively exclude the VW from the US

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Ad-slinging rootkit nasty permanently drills into Android mobes, tabs

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What to do

Once again, we have a flood of verbiage about the latest peril. And as usual, it's the same sort of advice as how not to catch pneumonia (Wrap up warm and do. Surely the abnormal IO should paint a picture?n't go out in the cold). Why do we not have information regarding the carriers of the malware, specific occasions and places where it may be picked up, and information as to how to spot it. Yes, I have anti-virus, but that is about as opaque as the articles. How about some "do not use" lists, symptom lists. If you are part of a bot-net, why is there nothing that indicates that you have unusual traffic?

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Google reveals OnHub WiFi router, complete with GLOWING RING

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Re: I'm inpressed with this revolution.

Or like the glowing ring on the Transporter

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It's Suntory time: Japanese whisky to be distilled in SPAAAAACE

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Not distilling

I don't think they actually say they're distilling it up there. Merely storing the distilled product, using the microgravity effect to nullify 'convective' issues. However, they can do that cheaply, on planet Earth, by simply holding the container in water deep underground. The temperature, there, in the absence of flowing water or air remains remarkably stable, and of course, in a fluid, gravity does not have any effect, so long as the liquid is homogenous, and if a mixture of liquids, is totally miscible.

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Firefox to speed up dev cycle, go multi-process, rip and replace UI – soon

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Oh, no!!

Not more bloody Bells and Whistles I spent an age trying to get back to a saner FF. It worked for a time, but I was driven even madder by the relentless admonishments to update. Then I was sent mad by the two steps back and one step forward to get back from a Google search. Then sent mad by the icons of old pages on every new tab. Keep it simple, dammit!

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Windows 10 apps to rule them all – phones, slabs and PCs: Microsoft pulls out 'universal' tool

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Jack of all trades....

....and master of none, comes to mind. On past record, it might wll be true

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For pity's sake, you FOOL! DON'T UPGRADE it will make it WORSE

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have you tried....?

It would appear to me that Mr Dabbs is approaching this problem from the wrong direction. It is obviuos that the problem is that his wife is incompatible with the system. Therefore, he needs to upgrade his wife or to exchange his present wife wirh one that has a different set of working parameters. Say, in the estate agency field, or accountancy, where the software is a popular is more up to date with demand.

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Future imperfect: A UK broadband retrospective

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Re: IMHO it's all a con.

I had an engineer call about a year ago. He replaced everything from the pole (It's overhead round here). Which he said was in very bad shape. It didn't improve matters though. I got the impression that the recent caller did not want to do the job, so declared the line OK. I suggested that all he had to do was to connect me, at the cabinet to a spare pair, and again at the exchange. Which would have only left the cabinet to the pole to be faulty. That had been replaced when they fitted new poles a few years back,. So should have been OK.

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IMHO it's all a con.

In my area, with a great fanfare, BT announced that my local exchange had been equipped with fibre. I hop[efully waited for the follow-up, the extension of the fibre to the cabinets. And waited, and waited, and waited. Finally I asked a BT engineer, who had come to check an ADSL line noise problemwhy the fibre had not been taken to the cabinet "Oh, that could be months or years away. Ypou're rural. They'll do all the city, town and urban before they get to you". I did manage to get to the marketing manager for Superfast, but was nicely fobbed off with zero content information.

And did the engineer fix the problem? Did he hell. He spent 45 minutes on the job. Twenty of which was driving off to find a mobile signal (I'm rural, yuo know). Before saying "the line checks out ok. There's nothing I can do. "I npointed out that it was interrmittent noise. But enough to bring my system to it's knees (Think 0.1 Mb/s). I showed him the records of line speed. Not interested. "Call us out again, when you have a problem" Why? After threading the hierarchy, dodging the threats that they might charge me for the visit, and then wait a week for someone to call.

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GCHQ: We can't track crims any more thanks to Snowden

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So

So we're going to see a vast dimunition of the hordes of crime lords, and such, being daily dragged before the couts. What crime lords, and such, I hear you say. So, shortly, the list of hospitals, libraries, schools, homes for the aged, will be swelled with the closure of prisons, too.

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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No, I didn't like it. When it first came up, I thought my screen settings had gone haywire. Try as I might, I couldn't get it to look nice. And still can't No, no, no, no, Vulture If you MUST change things, make them better, not worse. Now where have I said that before?

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Boffins weigh in to perfect kilogram quest with LEGO kit

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But

But, surely, all the factors used in assessing the mass are all similarly undefined, or defined by statutory standards.

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MP caught playing Candy Crush at committee meeting: I'll ‘try’ not to do it again

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Committees, Don't talk to me about committees!

I can't see anything wrong with this. Committees are a waste of time. So why not waste your time in doing something pleasant? Imstead of merely gazing at the wall opposite?

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Why, hello there, Foxy... BYE GOOGLE! Mozilla's browser is a video star

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Well, I've had it with Firefox

Firefox, I;ve found, is one of those things which used to be nice. But now is not. It has so many things I dislike. I spend my time in either getting rid, or finding how to get back. Like the back button that takes you, willy-nilly to a Google search page. So to go back one page back, it's two pages back and one page forward. Why? Another is the crowding of super-thumb images of old pages on a new tab. Why? . It serves no useful purpose. There are many others. I've not abandoned Firefox. I've merely ditched the latest and gone back to Ver 27, when things were much saner.

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UK.gov mulls three-point turn on three-point turn thanks to satnav. Weeeeeeee. THUD

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And there was I....

And there was I thinking that the test was to establish whether or not you had due competence in driving a car in all circumstances, with you mind totally concentrated on what was happening on the road.

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Blade Runner sequel might actually be good. Harrison Ford is in it

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As I recollect, the sequal book was pretty disappointing, too. But still, there wasn't much of the original book in the film, so I don't suppose ther'll be much of the original sequence in the second film, either.

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Download alert: Nearly ALL top 100 Android, iOS paid apps hacked

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It's all very well

It's all very well telling us about percentages and such. But how about telling us WHICH apps are suspect?

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Bittorrent wants to sink Dropbox with Sync 2.0

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Linux?

Anything in there for us Linux users? Mine has not shifted from the rather stark setup since shortly after the startup.

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You know where Apple Pay is getting used a LOT? Yes - McDonalds

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Figures

It figures. I've only visited McDonalds twice. The first time I couldn't believe how bad the food and drink were. The second time I did believe. There was no need for a third time.

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FUTURE ROBOTS will EXTERMINATE UK jobs – study

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If only.....

If only we could find robots to do the work of these "researchers", I for one would believe their reports. What a load of rubbish comes out of academia.

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Hot, horny bees swerve PLANET-SAVING DUTIES as climate warms, claim boffins

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And

And we paid for this research?

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Can you really run your business on a smartphone?

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I suppose it depends on the job

Since most people now have non-jobs, I suppose you could do it on a smart phone. It sounds a bit like the old quote (They toil not, neither do they spin, but Solomon in all his glory was not clad as one of these). Or a variation of the joke about the two men marooned on a desert island for five years. When rescued, they were both millionaires from selling each other palm leaf hats. Nowadays, they'd be millioaires from expenses, going to each others meetings.

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Met Office: 2014 was FIFTEENTH WARMEST UK SUMMER on record

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What heatwave?

I see no heatwave. Here in North Wales, we did have a short warm spell, it lasted less than a week. At that the temperature only twice reached 22 and that for only about an hour each side of midday

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UK.gov pushes for SWIFT ACTION against nuisance calls, threatens £500k fines

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Problem Solved

I used to get three or four calls a day, despite being on the TPS list. I recently bought a cheap call barring box from A...n, and the problem is done. It's set to reject "caller number withheld" and International calls. The odd one that slips by, I simply press the red button and it's gone, never to return. From three or four a day, it's gone to three calls over the last two months. Added to which, I've stopped using the landline for outgoing calls at 12p/min, and gone to mobile at 3p/min. It's never an ill wind.

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Netscape Navigator - the browser that started it all - turns 20

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Ah, Netscape Navigator! I knew it well, Horatio

And Mosaic, before it. It was my first foray into the 'net, with Demons ten quid a month dial-up. There wasn't a lot to see, in those days. But, by 'eck it were nice.

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Rebellion sees Chromium reverse plans to dump EXT filesystem

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A loss of style and functionality

One of the things that draws me to Linux, and to Unix before that, was it's elegance and versatility. To a large extent to its sensible total separation of the user and machine functions, in contrast with MS, where everything is lumped together in a disorderly mish mash. Again, one of it's best features was it's ability to read and write to any other filing system. The way MS gained a lot of its supremacy was to totally ignore everyone else and insist you use their stuff. As with word processors. When they got sorted out most would read and write in others formats. Not MS. Use ours or go away. Having got the edge, they could lever out all the rest. I recently bought an Android device and was horrified to note that they seem to have dropped the elegance and reverted to the mish mash system. No doubt some will say otherwise, but that's how it looks to me

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Steve Jobs makes world a better place FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE

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Blilliance

You have to admire the brilliance of a man that while dead can contribute to the design of a phone that adjusts itself to the shape of your pocket. Well worth a patent application, I'd say. Mind you, I have a handkerchief that does that. Prior art, perhaps.

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Apple tool: Buying an iPhone in a carpark? Find out if it's STOLEN

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It's not going to work.

Buyers are like busses. There's always another one coming along, later. Next time you see the seller, it'll be a different 'phone.

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SPECIAL iPHONE TROUSERS will ease Apple into the fashion world

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Incompatability

There isn't really anywhere on the human body where a flat slab like an iPhone can be accomodated. Certainly not around the hips area. We should take a leaf out of James Bond's book and wear shoulder holsters. Tucked under the arm is about the safest place to be against being bernt and bashed against things. Just the place for a quick draw. In the wrong company, however, it might get you shot.

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